Escort RedLine Review | Escort RedLine Radar Detector Review

 
 
 
 
 
 

If you are looking for the most sensitive and longest range of signal (radar & laser) detection, the answer lies with the Escort RedLine.

In this Escort RedLine review, we’ll be looking at the key features of this impressive radar detector, the ratings and reviews from customers as well as the pros and cons and our verdict on this radar detector from Escort.

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Escort RedLine Review

Superior Detection

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The RedLine is capable of detecting full X, K, SuperWide Ka signals and also safer warning signal. With its twin-antenna design, what you have is the capability for front and rear laser detection and together with digital signal processing (DSP), the end result is a superior long-range ability and reduced false alarms.

Power Connection

The Escort RedLine is to be plugged into your vehicle’s lighter socket or accessory socket. However, if your vehicle requires the optional European sleeve to ensure a snug fit, please call Escort’s customer service department to order one.

Also do take note that depending on your vehicle, the lighter socket may either be continuously on, or switched on and off with your ignition. If you find that the RedLine is still on after you switch off the ignition key, remember to unplug it.

Note: For details on how to select a radar detector, read about our Radar Detector Guide.

Adjusting Volume

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To adjust the volume to your preference, simply press and hold the VOLUME/MUTE button located on the detector or the Mute button on SmartCord. The audio will ramp up and down, accompanied by a bar-graph on the display. Once you’ve reached your preferred audio level, simply release the button.

Power-on Indication

After RedLine’s start-up sequence is complete, the alphanumeric display will show Highway, Auto, or Auto NoX to indicate which sensitivity mode is selected. If you prefer, you can select alternate power-on displays.

Voice Alerts

RedLine provides digital voice announcements of radar and laser bands detected. If Safety Radar (SWS) is turned on, a safety message will also be announced.

AutoMute

With the AutoMute feature, once a signal has been detected, the volume will be adjusted / lowered to a pre-set level. This is great in reducing the noise while keeping you informed without the annoyance of a continuous full volume alert. You also have the option to turn the AutoMute feature off.

Mute

The VOLUME/MUTE button, located center on the RedLine’s control panel , allows you to manually silence the audio alert during a radar encounter. To mute the audio for a single specific signal, briefly press the VOLUME/MUTE Button on the detector or the Mute button located on the SmartCord. After that encounter has passed, the audio will automatically reset to your previously selected audio level.

Sensitivity Button

The “SENS” button selects RedLine’s sensitivity mode. You are recommend to set to Highway mode for the best overall performance.

In the “Auto” mode, the setting will provide long range warning, but uses patented logic to minimize false alarms from automatic door openers etc. When set to this mode, RedLine’s internal computer will intelligently analyze all incoming signals and intelligently filters them to reduce the number of false alerts.

You can also select Auto NoX mode which is particular helpful when driving in urban areas where annoying X-band intrusion alarms and door openers are common. Auto NoX mode can be engaged to turn off X-band completely to eliminate these alerts while full sensitivity is maintained on all other bands.

Brightness Control

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RedLine’s display brightness is controlled by a photocell located behind the front display lens. This photocell will automatically adjust the display based on the ambient light in your vehicle. If you prefer, you can select a fixed brightness level, including Full Dark Mode.

Dark Mode

Under the Dark Mode, the display will not show visual alerts and the alert lamp will not flash when it detects signals. Only the audible alert tones will tell you a signal has been detected.

Audible Alerts

Different alert tone will be heard for different signals being detected.

For Radar Signals:

RedLine uses a geiger-counter-like sound to indicate the signal strength and type of radar signal being encountered.

When you encounter radar, RedLine’s audible alert will sound and occur faster as the signal gets stronger. This allows you to judge the distance from the signal source without taking your eyes from the road. Each band has a distinct tone for easy identification:

  • X-band = beeping
  • K-band = brap
  • Ka-band = double-brap
  • POP = full double brap

For Laser Signals:

Since laser signals are a possible threat no matter how weak, RedLine alerts you to these bands at full signal strength.

For POP Signals:

Since POP signals are a possible threat no matter how weak, RedLine alerts you to these bands at full signal strength.

For Safety Radar Signals:

RedLine will alert you to these signals with a double-beep tone, and a corresponding text message.

Escort RedLine Review – Signal Strength Meter

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RedLine’s alphanumeric display consists of 280 individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive ultra-bright display of signal strength and text messages. The standard bar-graph signal strength meter only displays information on a single radar signal. However, if  there are multiple signals present, RedLine’s internal computer will determine which signal is the most important threat to show on the bar-graph meter.

When RedLine detects radar, it displays the band (X, K, or Ka), and a precise bar-graph of the signal strength.

When RedLine detects a laser signal, the display will show “LASER.”

When it detects a POP signal, the display will show “POP.”

NOTE: If you are operating RedLine in the Dark mode, the display will not light when a signal is detected—only the audio and the flashing alert lamp on the SmartCord.

Expert Meter

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RedLine ‘s ExpertMeter option is an advanced display for experienceddetector users; do not use this meter unless you are very familiar with the meter. For most users, after use this meter after using RedLine for a few weeks to get familiar with its other features.

To use the ExpertMeter instead of the bar graph signal strength meter, you must select MeterExp in Preferences.

The ExpertMeter will  simultaneously tracks up to 8 radar signals. It provides detailed information on up to (2) Ka-band, (2) K-band, and (4) X-band signals.

The ExpertMeter can help you spot a change in your normal driving environment; for example, a traffic radar unit being operated in an area where there are normally other signals present. ExpertMeter is actually a miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows what band each signal is on and its relative signal strength.

Once a signal is detected, the band designators (X, K, Ka) will stay on the display for a few seconds after the signal has passed. This allows you to see what the unit detected, even on very brief signals. However, the vertical lines representing individual signals continuously change (several times a second) to give you a continuous instantaneous view of all radar signals present.

SpecDisplay

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The RedLine’s SpecDisplay option is for the experienced detector user. In this mode, the RedLine will display the actual numeric frequency of the radar signal being received.

NOTE: Even long-time detector users will require some amount of time to get familiar with this new level of information about detected signals.

Customize Preferences

There are 8 user-selectable options so you can customize your RedLine for your own preferences. The buttons labeled VOLUME/MUTE and SENS are also used to enter Preferences, REVIEW your current program settings, and to CHANGE any settings as desired. The words PGM, RVW, and CHG are located next to the buttons, and are highlighted in colored graphics.

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TSR (Traffic Sensor Reduction)

The Escort RedLine includes a new optional boost in anti-falsing software to eliminate excessive alerts from erroneous X and K-band sources. One example of this is traffic flow monitoring systems.

These systems, which are becoming more widely used in several countries, generate K-band signals to measure the flow of traffic on a given road. Unfortunately most detectors see this as a real threat and will alert you to it unnecessarily. The new proprietary software (TSR), intelligently sorts, ranks and rejects this type of false alarm automatically. The result is ultimate protection without excessive false alarms.

The TSR software is set up as an option and can be activated through the Programming section. It is suggested that you turn TSR on if you are experiencing extreme false alerts in your area. If not, your detector is ready to start protecting you right out of the box.

Ultimate Undetectability 

The TotalShield RF Technology provides the ultimate in undetectability. The exclusive technology makes the RedLine invisible to radar detector detectors, including the latest technologies like VG-2 and Spectre.

Mounting Location

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The best place to mount the RedLine is to the center of the vehicle and make sure that it is high enough on your front windshield to provide a clear view of the road from the front and rear.

Remember to keep it away from windshield wipers, other solid objects, and heavily tinted areas that might obstruct the radar antennae or laser lens.

CAUTION! A few vehicles (including some Porsches) have windshields with a soft antilacerative coating on the inside surface. Use of suction cups will permanently mar this coating. Consult your dealership or the vehicle owner’s manual to determine if your windshield has this coating.

Installing the RedLine is also a breeze: use the quick release mount to attach it to your vehicle’s windshield, and remove it in a snap. A durable zipper travel case is included to take the unit with you, or neatly conceal it in your vehicle.

Dimensions

1.25 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L

What’s in the Box

Escort RedLine Radar Detector (Black), Owner’s manual, Quick reference card, Quick-release windshield mount with suction cups, Coiled SmartCord, Travel case.

Is it Legal?

Radar detectors are completely legal to use in non-commercial vehicles in 49 states. Virginia and Washington D.C. are the only places in the United States that currently ban radar detectors. Radar detector use in commercial vehicles has been prohibited in the U.S. since 1995 and radar detectors are also illegal in most Canadian provinces.

Escort RedLine Review – Customer Review

At the time of this writing, the rating for the Escort RedLine is 4.1 out of 5 stars which is a very good rating. Most of the rating is in the high 5 star rating, an indication that many users are satisfied with this product.

There are some complains about this detector giving too many false alerts. This is really not a major issue as you can set it to City mode to reduce the amount of false alerts.

Pros

  • Simple and easy operation
  • Dual antenna design for longest detection range
  • TotalShield Technology
  • Next Gen laser detection
  • Clear digital voice alert
  • High definition text display
  • Brightness control with full dark mode
  • TSR
  • One year warranty

Cons

  • Pricey
  • No GPS
  • No database to red light and speed camera
  • No over-speed alert
  • No AutoLearn feature to filter out false alerts
  • Unable to manually mark locations for known false alerts

Verdict

If you are searching for a radar detector that offers you the luxury of not having to worry about false alarms and will provide you with early warning of nearby laser or radar, you should consider the Escort RedLine. While it does not have the option to display your speed, it will help to keep you out of trouble when radar is near.

Although the RedLine has a long detection range, the question I need to ask it, ‘Is It Necessary?’ For me, as long as a radar detector can detect signals and I have sufficient time to react and slow down, that is good enough for me.

The RedLine lacks the advance GPS features which are found in many advance radar detector i.e. Escort Passport 9500ix, Whistler CR90 and Escort Passport Max2. As a matter of fact, for the same price range, you could actually get a radar detector with advance GPS features.

If you do not want the GPS feature, then consider getting the Escort Passport 8500X50 which has more or less the performance of the RedLine.

End of Escort RedLine review.

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